The Last City

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    The Last City

    Directed by

    Germany

    2020

    100 min

    • English

    Drama

    An archaeologist and a weapons designer, who knew each other in a previous life as a filmmaker and a psychoanalyst, meet at an excavation site in the Negev desert and begin a conversation about love and war, which they continue in the Israeli city of Be’er Sheva. A series of encounters with alternating actors in different roles ensues, which leads the viewer through the cities of Athens, Berlin, Hong Kong and São Paulo. Among those appearing are: an old artist who meets his younger self; a mother who lives with her two grown-up sons, a priest and a policeman; a Chinese and a Japanese woman; a curator and a cosmologist. The protagonists’ dialogues revolve around social taboos that have become obsolete, generational conflicts, war guilt and cosmologies. The architecture of these five cities serves as a third interlocutor in the protagonists’ conversations and completes their philosophical and metaphysical journeys.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    John Erdman
    Jonathan Perel
    Young Sun Han
    Dorothy Ko
    Susanne Sachße
    Laurean Wagner
    Screenplay
    Heinz Emigholz
    Cinematography
    Heinz Emigholz
    Till Beckmann
    Editing
    Heinz Emigholz
    Till Beckmann
    Music
    Kreidler
    Alexander Paulick
    Andreas Reihse
    Production
    FILMGALERIE 451
    Heinz  Emigholz

    Heinz Emigholz

    Germany

    Heinz Emigholz was born in Achim, Germany, and studied in Hamburg. He is a filmmaker, visual artist and cinematographer. His films include the series SCHENEC-TADY (73–75), THE BASIS OF MAKE-UP (83–04), SULLIVAN'S BANKS (99), GOFF IN THE DESERT (03), SCHINDLER'S HOUSES (07), PARABETON-PIER LUIGI NERVI AND ROMAN CONCRETE (12) and PERRET IN FRANCE AND ALGERIA (12). His latest film YEARS OF CONSTRUCTION (2019) was presented in Berlin IFF.

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